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Nadal, Djokovic advance at Wimbledon

Nadal, Djokovic advance at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
London, Jul 5 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 12:32:30 AM IST
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic won in straight-set on Thursday to advance to the third round at the All England Club.
The second-seeded Nadal beat Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Kukushkin, whose flat-hitting style starkly contrasted Nadal’s topspin-heavy game, had break chances in every set and did manage to go up a break early in the third. But Nadal eventually overpowered the world No. 77. 
Nadal is attempting to win the French Open-Wimbledon double for the third time—he won both tournaments in 2008 and 2010. 
Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, breezed by Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 31 minutes. It’s Djokovic’s second straight-set victory in a row as the 12-time Grand Slam champion attempts to regain the form that catapulted him to the pinnacle of the sport just a few years ago. 
The only hiccup for Djokovic came in the third set, when he called on the trainer to treat what appeared to be an issue with his left knee. But Djokovic rebounded to serve out the match and was all smiles when addressing the crowd post-match. 
Perhaps the biggest upset in a tournament filled with them already, four of the top eight seeds on the women’s side lost in the first round, and three of the top 10 in the men’s draw did as well, came courtesy of world No. 82 Guido Pella, who came back from two sets down to beat No. 3 seed Marin Cilic 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5. 
The match began on Wednesday, and Cilic was in complete control until a rain delay hampered his momentum. Pella raised his level after the delay but Cilic also dropped his and saw his Wimbledon end far earlier than he expected. 
Wozniacki out; Williams sisters advance
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of Wimbledon as the Williams sisters made it through to the third round.
Wozniacki crashed out after being beaten by Ekaterina Makarova. The Danish second seed struggled in the first set, losing it 6-4, but bounced back to take the game to a decider after winning the second 6-1.
Makarova, who has previously made the quarter-final at the All England Club, further than Wozniacki has ever been, took a 5-1 lead in the third but then threw away four match points as Wozniacki battled back to 5-5.
The Russian kept her cool, however, to hold serve and then break Wozniacki, winning 6-4 1-6 7-5.
Seven-time champion Serena Williams won 6-1 6-4 in just over an hour against Viktoriya Tomova on her first return to Centre Court since winning the title in 2016.
Tomova, the 23-year-old Bulgarian, had won her first Grand Slam match in the opening round, but was no match for her opponent in the first set as she struggled to compete, but did improve dramatically in the second.
Williams, however, was rarely challenged on her own serve and is now through to a last 32 meeting with Kristina Mladenovic, who eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory against Tatjana Maria.
Five-time champion Venus Williams once again dropped the opening set but again dominated the rest of the match to win.
The No 9 seed, who is the oldest woman in the draw at 38, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 to reach the third round at the All England Club.

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